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The 2016 Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program, June 7-July 2, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

The 2016 Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program (MOP or MOSP) is organized for the second time by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in the city of Pittsburgh between June 7th and July 2nd.  The camp is run by the CMU faculty Po-Shen Loh (director) with the help of its associate director Razvan Gelca of Texas Tech University. They will be accompanied by other instructors (faculty, postdocs and Ph.D. students) from schools such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford University, Harvard University, Columbia University, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), North Carolina State University and University of Pittsburgh. This year’s MOP staff is here. The news about this year’s Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program appears on CMU’s front page here and it appeared on University of Pittsburgh mathematics department front page here. This year’s guest speaker is Steve Shreve from CMU. Moreover, Noam Elkies from Harvard University will be the invited speaker for one of the evening’s seminars. Carnegie Mellon University also released a video about MOP:

Some details about the schedule are below:

  • Classrooms are Gates 4101, Gates 4102, Scaife 125, and Wean 8220. The room numbers are indicated on the top row of the MOP schedule, in the leftmost column.
  • Students will be separated into four groups.
    • Black: USAMO winners and IMO team
    • Blue: next top few from USAMO
    • Red: students in grades 9 and 10.
    • Many Red students will come with no prior MOP experience. Black level is quite impressive
  • The timetable will be:
    • 8:30am – 10:00am (Lecture 1)
    • 10:15am – 11:45am (Lecture 2)
    • 1:15pm – 2:45pm (Lecture 3), or 1:15pm – 5:45pm
    • 7:30pm: optional-attendance evening research seminar

Moreover, this year is for the first time when MOP welcomes international students from countries such as Australia, Canada, Hungary, India, Romania, and Singapore. The two amazing Romanian students are Ioana Teodorescu and Stefan Tudose from the International Computer High School of Bucharest (ICHB).  Another important news is the fact that four Romanians will serve as academic instructors. Besides the associate director, Razvan Gelca and myself, Bogdan Ion and Irina-Roxana Popescu of University of Pittsburgh are in the staff as well. This is for the second time in the history of MOP when this happens. The last time when MOP had four Romanian instructors was back in 2002. This was covered by Bogdan Suceava in the Romanian newspaper Evenimentul Zilei here. Also, the entire summary of courses is here. Moreover, Kevin Liu published a 2016 MOP Report. I  shall deliver 15 lectures/ problem sessions & 1 seminar as follows:


1. Maxima and minima in Euclidian geometry and beyond. Geometric and trigonometric inequalities.

Group: black
Time and date: 8.30-10 AM, Thursday June 9th
Location: Wean Hall, Room 8820

SEMINAR. Arcsine power series expansion and Euler’s \zeta(2).

Groups: black. green, red 1 & 2
Time and date: 7.30-8.20 PM, Sunday June 12
Location: Stever Dorm

2. Real analysis techniques in solving elementary problems.

Group: black
Time and Date:  8.30-10 AM, Tuesday, June 14th
Location: Wean Hall, Room 8820

3. Real analysis techniques in solving elementary problems.

Group: blue
Time and Date:  1.15-2.45 PM, Tuesday, June 14th
Location: Scaife Hall, Room 125

4. Maxima and minima in Euclidian geometry and beyond. Geometric and trigonometric inequalities.

Group: red 2
Time and Date: 8.30-10 AM. Wednesday, June 15th
Location: Gates Hall, Room 4102

5. Maxima and minima in Euclidian geometry and beyond. Geometric and trigonometric inequalities.

Group: red 1
Time and Date: 10.15-11.45 AM, Wednesday June 15th
Location: Gates Hall, Room 4101

6. Fourier series and applications to elementary problems.

Group: blue
Time and Date: 8.30-10 AM, Thursday, June 16th
Location: Scaife Hall, Room 125

7. Fourier series and applications to elementary problems.

Group: black
Time and Date: 1.15-2.45 PM, Thursday, June 16th
Location: Wean Hall, Room 8220

8. Sequences, series of real numbers and inequalities.

Group: blue
Time and Date: 8.30-10 AM, Tuesday, June 21st
Location: Scaife Hall, Room 125

9. Maxima and minima in Euclidian geometry and beyond. Geometric and trigonometric inequalities.

Group: blue
Time and Date:  8.30-10 AM, Wednesday, June 22nd
Location: Scaife Hall, Room 125

10. Problems in computational geometry.

Group: red 2
Time and Date: 8.30-10 AM, Thursday, June 23rd
Location: Gates Hall, Room 4102

11. Problems in computational geometry.

Group: red 1
Time and Date: 10.15-11.45 AM, Thursday, June 23rd
Location: Gates Hall, Room 4101

12. Algebraic integers and applications.

Group: blue
Time and Date: 1.15-2.45 PM, Tuesday, June 28th
Location: Scaife Hall, Room 125

13. Algebraic integers and applications.

Group: red 2
Time and Date:  8.30-10 AM, Wednesday, June 29th
Location: Gates Hall, Room 4102

14. Algebraic integers and applications.

Group: red 1
Time and Date:  10.15-11.45 AM, Wednesday, June 29th
Location: Gates Hall, Room 4101

15. Irreducible polynomials in one variable and applications.

Group: blue
Time and Date: 8.30-10 AM, Friday, July 1st
Location: Scaife Hall, Room 125

PHILOSOPHY. Beyond MOP.

Groups: black, green, red 1 & 2
Time and date: 1.15-2.45 PM, Friday July 1st
Location: Stever Dorm


UPDATE: The USA Team wins the 2016 International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) for the second consecutive time!




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